The last thing you want is for your boiler to break down in the middle of a cold New Jersey winter. Fortunately, you can save yourself from the expense and inconvenience (not to mention a chilly winter) by staying on the lookout for several key signs.
Your boiler may need to be replaced if:
- The system is old. If your boiler is more than 10 years old, it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan. While boilers have been known to run for decades, they lose energy efficiency with each passing year. Upgrading to a newer, more efficient model will bring down your monthly heating bills. The older they get, the more likely boilers are to suffer component failure or break down permanently. Shopping for a new system before your old one breaks down gives you plenty of time to find a model you prefer.
- Your costs are increasing. As your boiler’s energy efficiency falls, your heating bills will rise. This is especially true if you’ve been lax about routine maintenance. If your bills seem to be rising faster than the cost of fuel, the cause is probably your heating system. If you need to call a repair technician twice a year or more or your system needs increasingly frequent repairs, you’ll save money by buying a new heating system that works reliably.
- Your comfort is decreasing. Older boilers are prone to erratic heat output. If you have to constantly fiddle with the thermostat to achieve a comfortable temperature or you notice certain rooms never get warm enough, a new system can improve your comfort by providing more even, stable temperatures. While banging, clanging, and hissing noises could mean your system needs cleaning or a replacement component, it could also signal an impending breakdown. Never ignore unusual noises, especially if they seem to be getting worse. If the system needs major repairs, a technician can help you decide whether repair or system replacement is the most cost-effective option.
Ready to upgrade to an efficient, reliable boiler? Contact us at Elite Air in the Trenton area of central New Jersey. Having been serving residential and commercial clients since 1986, our skilled technicians have the knowledge and skills to restore comfort to your home.